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About Southampton

Located on the south coast of England, Southampton served as the historic ocean liner gateway for the British Empire and the intense North Atlantic passenger trade to the U.S. and Canada. Today it is the U.K.'s - and indeed Europe's -- leading cruise port.

Best known as the homeport of Cunard's Queen Mary 2, Southampton now hosts a wide variety of cruise ships in the booming European cruise market with the principal lines being Cunard, Fred. Olsen, Royal Caribbean, P&O Cruises and Saga Cruises.

For most cruise passengers, it's the first and/or last port on a European cruise or Atlantic crossing. But New York it ain't, and the first thing you see as you approach is not the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building, but a giant IKEA.

A pleasant, bustling city of around a quarter of a million inhabitants, Southampton has several areas of interest, though much of its historic medieval character was destroyed during World War II. In 1620, the Mayflower left from just outside the existing city walls, and the waterfront recalls this historic voyage. From Mayflower Park, you can enjoy watching the container ships pass en route to and from the freight terminal beyond the Western Docks, cruise ships departing from three separate locations, and excursion boats and cross-harbor ferries flitting around the port.

Today, it is a modern shopping destination, business center and university town (the University of Southampton is a major British research university; among its well-known alumni is QM2 designer
Stephen Payne
with a large commercial port in addition to its year-round cruise operations.

It's not somewhere you want to hang around (unless you want to pick up some flat pack furniture), and most visiting cruise passengers will use Southampton as a gateway to nearby London (an hour and 10 minutes away by train). It is also a good starting point for the Isle of Wight (reachable by ferry) and the surrounding county of Hampshire and Wiltshire, with their numerous attractions.


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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Lisbon, Bilbao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Lisbon
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Bilbao
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Le Havre
    • Day 15
      Southampton
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    Celebrity Silhouette - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding service, top-notch cuisine and well-thought out design

    Cons

    Specialty dining charges can run high

    Bottom Line

    Sets standards for an upscale big ship experience for service, ambience, dining and decors

    Reviews

    Celebrity Silhouette Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    More energetic and with more extra-fee attractions than its three Solstice-class predecessors, ...

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    JL Boggess
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Celebrity Silhouette Dec 2nd 2019
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    Serendipity101
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    No more Celebrity!!!
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Cobh ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    12 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Ponta Delgada
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cobh (Cork)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Paris
    • Day 13
      Southampton
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    Anthem of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Cruisers are spoiled for choice when it comes to activities, restaurants

    Cons

    For-fee dining, additional activities can come with hefty price tag

    Bottom Line

    Ship is fun, beautiful and perfect for families and those looking for a resort experience

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    Anthem of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

    Anthem of the Seas is the second ship in Royal Caribbean's Quantum Class. The 4,180-passenger c...

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    rrlewis1
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    VERY OVERRATED SHIP
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    KarateLois
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A mixture of traditional and non-traditional cruising features
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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      Including smoothies and blended drinks
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Brugge, Rotterdam ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    10 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Brugge (Bruges)
    • Day 3
      Rotterdam
    • Day 4
      Amsterdam
    • Day 5
      Amsterdam
    • Day 6
      Kiel Canal
    • Day 7
      Berlin
    • Day 8
      Copenhagen
    • Day 9
      Copenhagen
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Stockholm
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

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    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    Aluckyitalian
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great Trip, South Africa Intensive 2/10-2/20
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Another top cruise - Maiden South Africa Cruise
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    • Basic Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Le Havre, Bilbao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Le Havre
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Bilbao
    • Day 5
      La Coruna
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Lisbon
    • Day 8
      Gibraltar
    • Day 9
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Barcelona
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    Celebrity Apex - Celebrity Cruises

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    Celebrity Apex Reviews

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    0.0/5

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Halifax, Qaqortoq ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Halifax
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Qaqortoq
    • Day 7
      Prince Christian Sound
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Reykjavik
    • Day 10
      Reykjavik
    • Day 11
      Akureyri
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Kirkwall
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Southampton
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    nancyhirwin
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    A Tad Bit Disappointed
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    celebrity summit southern carribean get away
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 14 Night
    Cruise to Southampton

    Leaving:
    Southampton
    Visiting:
    Copenhagen, Stockholm ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    14 Night Cruise to Southampton Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Southampton
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Copenhagen
    • Day 4
      Copenhagen
    • Day 5
      Cruising